With a new head coach comes tons of changes. On Monday the Buccaneers continued their reshuffling of the roster – from the 53-man to the practice squad.
Tampa Bay announced that it has re-signed defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry and waived guard Julian Vandervelde.
Gilberry was waived Saturday – in the middle of practice – to make room for Vandervelde.
The team also announced it has released guard Brian Folkerts from the practice squad and signed offensive tackle Bradley Sowell to the practice squad in addition to linebacker Jacob Cutrera, tight end Drake Dunsmore, wide receiver Dale Moss, wide receiver Bert Reed, linebacker J.K. Schaffer, quarterback Adam Weber and defensive end Markus White.
Here is a brief synopsis of each of the practice squad players:
LB J.K. Schaffer (6-0, 232) Shaffer was a productive linebacker during his senior season for the Cincinnati Bearcats (115 tackles, 3.5 sacks) but wasn’t selected in this past April’s NFL Draft. Schaffer was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars and had 20 tackles and one interception during the preseason before being released last Friday.
DE Markus White (6-4, 268) White was a former linebacker for the Seminoles but converted to linebacker after being selected by the Washington Redskins in 2011. White played in two games for Washington in 2011, primarily on special teams. He suffered a kidney injury this past preseason wand was released by the Redskins on Friday.
WR Bert Reed (5-10, 180) Reed impressed scouts at the FSU pro day last spring after running an official 4.46 in the 40, although some scouts unofficially timed Reed in the 4.3’s. Reed wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine despite a fairly productive career in which he had 170 receptions for 2022 yards and 10 touchdowns.
OT Bradley Sowell (6-7, 320) Sowell had an up-and-down training camp for the Buccaneers, looking solid one day and every bit like a rookie the next. With the offseason injury to Donald Penn, Sowell was given more reps as Demar Dotson worked with the first team. Sowell was released last Saturday – during practice – but added back to the practice squad on Monday.
LB Jacob Cutrera (6-3, 283) Cutrera is entering his third year in the league and was signed by the Bucs off Jacksonville’s practice squad last October. Signed by the Jaguars as an undrafted rookie in 2010, Cutrera played in eight games as a Jag his rookie campaign. Arriving in Tampa Bay midway through the 2011 season, Cutrera saw playing time in the final eight games, while registering three tackles. At 6-foot-3, Cutrera has nice height for his position (MLB) and is always playing hard on special teams. Cutrera’s biggest downside is his experience, having started six out of 49 games at LSU, and never starting a game in the NFL being a third-year player.
TE Drake Dunsmore (6-3, 235) The second of the Bucs’ seventh round draft picks in April, Dunsmore has a lot of upside as a tight end. The position is transitioning to better suit athletic-type tight ends, which fits the mold of Dunsmore. At Northwestern, Dunsmore made several highlight-reel catches, but was rarely asked to block – which may be one of the reasons Dunsmore is on the practice squad instead of the 53-man active roster.
WR Dale Moss (6-3, 213) Moss signed as an undrafted rookie with Green Bay in May, but was waived on Friday and signed as a Buccaneer on Sunday. General manager Mark Dominik and director of scouting Dennis Hickey have a keen eye for the undrafted, developmental players – especially former basketball players. At 6-3, 213 pounds, Moss was a four-year basketball player at South Dakota State before being granted an extra year of eligibility which he used to register 61 catches, 949 yards and six touchdowns as a wide receiver. Although raw, Moss is an exceptional athlete and stands just shy of Vincent Jackson in size. Moss also possesses 4.3-4.4 speed. If Moss can polish his route running even more than he did in the offseason with the Packers, he could be one of the biggest finds out of the 2012 rookie class.
QB Adam Weber (6-3, 221) Weber was signed by the Bucs after being waived by Denver and selected the Bucs’ practice squad over the Broncos’. Weber played at Minnesota, where he finished his career as the Golden Gophers’ all-time leader in career passing yards with 10,917 and career touchdown passes with 72. Weber was signed as an undrafted rookie by Denver in 2011, and played in one preseason game last year before being waived in the final cuts and signed to Denver’s practice squad.
–Mark Cook and Dory LeBlanc contributed to this report